The University of Iowa

Fall Welcome Concert

Hancher welcomes back our entire community for a music festival-style event on our front lawn. The event opens with big city rocker Elizabeth Moen and closes with the electronic/R&B dance party of Dawn Richard. Songwriter and vocalist Brittany Howard will headline this show.


Fierce follows four teenage girls finding identity and purpose in the world as they write their college essays in a high school writers’ workshop featuring an ensemble of University of Iowa singers, musicians, and dancers with production support from the Performing Arts Production Unit and Hancher Auditorium.

Oumou Sangaré

Presented at The Englert Theatre
Oumou Sangaré is an icon whose powerful music and fierce feminism have inspired artists from Alicia Keys to Aya Nakamura to Beyoncé. Her most recent record, Timbuktu, blends the sounds of traditional West African instruments with those instruments most associated with the blues.

Elias String Quartet

Elias String Quartet are "simply astounding, in the freshness, intensity, assurance, and seeming spontaneity of their playing." Hancher will welcome back one of our favorite ensembles to introduce a new chamber music experience at Hancher. 

La Dame Blanche

Yaite Ramos Rodriguez, the singer, flautist, and percussionist—who performs as La Dame Blanche—blends the Cuban music of her childhood with the sounds of hip-hop, dancehall, and cumbia, and plenty more.

Y La Bamba

World Café says Luz Elena Mandoza Ramos, lead vocalist and producer of Y La Bamba, "[Her] inimitable songwriting is propelled by an earth-shaking voice and incisive lyrics that speak towards the duality of hurt and healing."